By Nick Gillespie
Over at the Daily Caller, columnist Ron Hart notes that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) is hell-bent on defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) now that Obama has announced that his Justice Dept. won't enforce the Clinton-supported legislation effectively banning federal recognition of gay marraige.
Republicans won a landslide election in November with a clear message: Get America’s fiscal house in order and reduce the role of government. So what do they do with their mandate? They start trying to end man dates and impose their social values by requiring that the feds go after gay marriages. Jeez, guys, did you not learn anything from the demise of the GOP under Bush? Don’t invade the wrong country and keep your nose out of people’s personal lives. It seems like déjà vu all over again.
Both parties are a study in hypocrisy. Obama wants everyone to provide proof of health insurance that he deems acceptable but thinks no one should have to prove he or she is in our country legally. Republicans believe in “limited government,” except for wire taps, data mining, wars of choice, reproductive choice, whom you marry, etc. In this “honeymoon period,” they are spending their post-election political capital making sure gays cannot have honeymoons....
With all of our festering economic problems, I do not know why the GOP has to waste its currency making life difficult for consenting gays. I guess politicians don’t understand, since such a small percentage of their sex is actually consensual.
The fundamental right to be left alone, as long as what you do does not hurt others, is vital to freedom-loving, human existence.